Long before country was a mainstay on NBC’s The Voice, Jared Blake brought country to the small screen as a member of Team Blake in 2011. Now Blake has released his first single “Countryfied” to radio, with an album to follow. The track was produced by Grammy-winner, Skidd Mills (Saving Abel).
Blake is currently performing on his nationwide “Countryfied Tour” promoting the single and playing live shows at some of the nations’ largest events and biggest stages. He has recently performed alongside of Billy Currington and Jerrod Niemann.
The talented and ever adorable, Hunter Hayes, has his first number one album with Hunter Hayes [Encore]!
Encore is a re-release of his self-titled debut album and sits at the top of the Billboard Country Chart this week.
The album features eight new or re-recorded songs as well as collaborations with Jason Mraz and Ashley Monroe. The album also includes Hayes’ current single “I Want Crazy”, which is quickly approaching the top of the charts. The single sold 100,000 copies just last week alone, and was number one on the iTunes singles chart after his performance on The Voice last week.
The Grammy nominated singer will be hitting the road for his CMT On Tour: Let’s Be Crazy tour this fall. Monroe will be joining Hayes as the opening act, and the tour will kick off in Knoxville, TN on October 10th.
Congratulations, Hunter, on your number one album!
Our friend, Gwen Sebastian‘s, self-titled album will be released this Tuesday, June 25th!
Distributed by Warner Music Nashville, the album includes the lead single, “Suitcase,” which Sebastian co-wrote with songwriter, Nicole Witt. The song has been getting high praise since its release, and you realize why once you hear it. Sebastian’s vocals are powerful, and her country twang and personality shine on the track. The record also features special guest, Miranda Lambert, and Sebastian’s parents provide background vocals as well.
As you know, Sebastian gained popular recognition when she appeared on Season 2 of NBC’s The Voice as a member of Blake Shelton‘s team. Since then, Sebastian has been busy working on her album, touring extensively with Coach Blake as a background vocalist, and doing her own solo shows. She will also be opening select dates on Lambert and Dierks Bentley‘s Locked and Reloaded Tour this summer.
Congratulations on the release of your album, Gwen! We’re very excited for you.
Congratulations to The Voice’s latest winner Danielle Bradbery! The Team Blake Shelton contestant has signed a recording contract with Big Machine Label Group as part of her winnings. She’ll be working on her debut country album shortly, with an expected release date next year in 2014.
Danielle won the fourth season of NBC’s hit reality television show, giving coach Blake Shelton a three-peat championship. He has won the show the last three seasons – and had the second-place runner up Dia Frampton in the first season. The new season of The Voice will return this Fall.
Are you excited to hear music from Danielle? Did you vote for her?
The Voice finale for season 4 aired last night, and it’s a three-peat for Blake Shelton. The new Voice title went to Team Blake’s 16-year-old country singer, Danielle Bradbery.
Danielle was a favorite from early on in the competition. She consistently wowed the coaches and audience every week. The Voice was the first audition she ever had, but you would never know that watching her perform. She looked like a seasoned professional on the stage, and her top-notch vocals seemed effortless. Danielle has “it”… we are going to see a lot of her in country music!
Coach Blake has won the last three seasons of The Voice. We love getting to see Shelton mentor the contestants and help navigate their careers. He really is so wonderful with his team, and he truly sticks with them once the show is over.
It also happened to be Shelton’s birthday yesterday and I think the win was a pretty awesome present!
Fellow Team Blake members, The Swon Brothers, came in third place. Zach and Colton are on great duo and I think they are going to be very successful as well. I am still blown away by their version of “Danny’s Song.” It’s a must download from iTunes if you have not grabbed it yet.
I also want to recognize Team Usher member, Michelle Chamuel, who finished as the runner-up. She was so great this season as well and what a humble and gracious personality.
I truly think this was the best season of The Voice thus far. The talent was excellent, and Usher and Shakira were perfect additions for our two favorite guys, Blake and Adam.
Congratulations to Danielle and Blake, as well as The Swon Brothers & Michelle! We wish you all continued success with your music careers!
Until Season 5, Voice fans…
Check out Danielle performing “Maybe It Was Memphis” from earlier this season:
As America waits to find out if Danielle Bradbery, the Swon Brothers or Michelle Chamuel will be named the next winner of NBC’s The Voice, viewers will be treated to a live performance by Florida Georgia Line. The ACM New Artist of the Year winners will perform their Triple-Platinum smash “Cruise” Remix featuring Nelly on tomorrow night’s Voice season finale.
Country music superstar, and The Voice coach, Blake Shelton is doing what he can to help residents of Oklahoma after a deadly tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma. He will be putting together a benefit concert with unannounced guest stars to help provide relief for the region.
A date and details, including guest performers, will be announced in the coming days. He’s teaming up with NBC for the concert.
Blake grew up in Ada, Oklahoma, which is only 75 miles south of Moore, Oklahoma.
Danielle Bradbery, Holly Tucker, and The Swon Brothers all advance to next week’s Top 8. Team Adam also returns all three remaining members, while Usher and Shakira each had to say good-bye to another teammate last night.
Blake definitely put together a strong team, and all three should do well with a career in country music in the future.
First, Danielle is a star! She has powerful vocals that are always spot on. The voice mixed in with her amazing stage presence and personality makes her a definite front-runner in the competition. She seems like a seasoned performer, yet she is the youngest contestant and the show was her first audition.
Next, we have Holly Tucker. She’s another fantastic vocalist, who I think just had her best performance this week. All I could say after watching her version of “How Great Art Thou” was ‘DANG! That was awesome!’ And I’m not southern… Blake is rubbing off on me.
Finally, the Swon Brothers. They are so unique and are as country as you can get. Whether they are rockin’ out or slowing things down, the brothers truly shine together.
Blake may just have another win on his hands. Could it be a three-peat for Team Blake? I think Adam is his biggest competition right now, and it will probably come down to a Team Blake vs. Team Adam showdown.
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert paired up on NBC’s The Voice last night, to perform a touching tribute to the tornado victims of Moore, Oklahoma. The pair joined voices on Lambert’s hit, “Over You,”changing a few lines of the song to fit the situation. The couple resides in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, which is about 100 miles from Moore.
Shelton also revealed to Billboard that he is in the process of enlisting his famous friends to put on a benefit concert, to air on NBC.
You can help by calling the Red Cross at 1-800 HELP NOW.